Archive for November, 2012

Decisions, decisions

Posted in 40K, Blather, Minis with tags , , , on November 24, 2012 by stingersix

The year is coming to an end and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m thinking about what to do for next year. December will finish itself out with a Space Marine Command Squad, which will cap off the 40K FIght Club painting challenge I’ve been doing. And then on to 2013!

I’ve got three candidates for my next 40K project. What do you guys think? Which one should I do? In each case I would be building and painting to fill out a pre-determined list – unlike my Marines where I was just building as my whim took me.

Imperial Guard Tallarn – I love the desert theme and I would draw heavily on the British LDRG and SAS, as well as a healthy does of Lawrence of Arabia, for inspiration. I want to make a light, fast, and elite raiding force with Sentinels and Rough Riders on those cool camel/dinosaur-looking mounts that Forge World makes. I also have a mind to convert up some trucks to use as counts-as Chimeras.
Pros: Loads of theme, conversion potential is high, relatively small model count (for IG)

Cons: Tallarn stuff is expensive – it’s not super hard to find, but can be spendy, and the Forge World stuff won’t be cheap. Most of the minis are metal too.

Chaos Daemons – I will admit that I want to do daemons mostly because they’re really colorful! I’ve been painting grey Marines for so long, the crazy colors of a Chaos Daemon army would be a welcome change. As I have some Chaos Space Marines from the DV box set, I could use them as allies too. And I’ve always liked Bloodletters from way back when!

Pros: Readily available, lots of plastic so easy to convert, wide color palette

Cons: Compared against my other ideas, none that would hold me back

Adeptus Mechanicus – Oh, this would be a challenge. Most of the minis I would have to convert myself, which is not really a problem except that it would take me a long time to do. Of course, the potential for creativity here is very high, and I have seen some truly amazing Adeptus Mechanicus armies out there.

Pros: Lots of potential for cool conversions and scratchbuilds, awesome theme

Cons: Will take a long time to do

So that’s what I’m thinking about. My own ranking is Daemons (because they’ll be easy to get), then Tallarn, then AdMech.

And I’m also planning to build an army for the SAGA Dark Ages historical game. I’ve read the rules and seen some games played and it looks really cool. The relatively low model count is also attractive. Plus I like Saxons and their big ol’ Danish axes!

Catching up – Landspeeder, Scouts, campaign games!

Posted in 40K, Minis with tags , , , on November 14, 2012 by stingersix

Whoa, no posts for over a month! Sorry folks! I have indeed been busy.
On the painting and modeling front, I finished a Landspeeder and a squad of Scout Snipers. Check out the slideshow for the pics!

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The Landspeeder is magnetized to switch out the bow and gunner’s weapons, and the side panels can be removed and the Typhoon missile launchers attached.

The scouts are a mix of the plastic snipers and a handful of the old metal snipers, which I quite like. I knew I wanted to do camouflage cloaks, and I knew it would be a bit tedious to paint (and it was) but once I figured out how to do it, it went fairly smoothly. It’s three colors, grey, dark green and a mix of dark green and brown. The pattern is not exactly like the digital camo pattern you see on modern military uniforms, but a patchwork of square shapes. At the size they’re painted on the mini, they do make the pattern look right at normal viewing distance. I painted on the grey layer, then the green and then the green/brown mix. This was then washed with a very thinned out mix of black, brown and purple. Fortunately, it came out looking okay.

The Sgt. Telion mini serves as Sgt. Oda in my Rising Suns army. This was actually my first Finecast miniature. There were a few tiny little air bubbles but I took care of those with liquid green stuff right quick. I also filed off all the Ultramarines markings, which is very easy to do with Finecast.

At the moment, I have a Vindicator assembled on my painting desk awaiting priming this weekend. I just got it the other day and until then, I’d been working on some Tactical Marines with special weapons, just to use as fillers and to spend my painting time on while I waited to get the Vindi. I should have this one done by the end of the month.

In other news, I have been involved in running a very fun narrative 40K campaign at EndGame. We had our third game last Saturday and it went really well. You can check out the story thread here. There is another thread with pics from the event here. We will be running our next game in the series in January. It’s open to everyone, but space is limited and sign-ups are on a first-come-first-served basis. But, if you’re in the area, we’d be happy to see you across the gaming table.